Sub-Subseries 1 - Reproductions of F. Gleadow's tracings and other historical reference drawings

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GB 3493 T/2/4/2/1


Reproductions of F. Gleadow's tracings and other historical reference drawings


  • [1857, 1903] February 1972 - c. 2000 (Creation)

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55 copy drawings consisting of 14 velograph tracings 1225 x 840mm; 36 paper diazotypes, 4 paper photocopies and 1 plastic reproduction

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(5 August 1859 - 5 April 1920)

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Frederic [k] Gleadow was born in Hull. Census records from 1881 and 1891 show him as living at 84 Kensington Park Road, London with his wife, Gertrude and as working as a civil engineer for the Great Western Railway (GWR). He died in Malton, Yorkshire in 1920.

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In February 1972 Howard Humphreys & Sons, consulting engineers to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, prepared these reproductions of tracings made by F. Gleadow M.I.C.E in October 1903. Mr Gleadow acted as surveyor to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Company. His tracings were, in turn, made from original tracings lent by Messrs. Cochrane & Company of Woodside Iron Works, near Dudley, Staffordshire who were contractors to the bridge at its erection. This series consists of unannotated velograph tracings and paper diazotype copies of Gleadow's 1903 tracings as well as some photocopies of original 1860s plans.

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      The original F. Gleadow 1903 set of drawings (ref. DM484/25/1-14) and another set of Howard Humphreys & Sons 1972 copy drawings (ref. DM1929/BM/1/1-16) are currently on loan to the Brunel Institute. Descriptions of them can found in the University of Bristol's online catalogue.

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          Archivist's note

          Taken from tube H3433A, box 60.

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